#19th Century

Artist Stories

Flaming June or Dorothy Dene? A Muse of Frederic Leighton

In 1879, Frederic Leighton’s biographer and neighbor (that's handy, isn't it?), Mrs. Barrington, noticed "a young girl with a lovely white face,...

Magda Michalska 5 September 2020

Love Story

Paint Me Like One of Your French Girls: The Life and Business of Agostina Segatori

Agostina Segatori's face is most widely recognized in the works of key artists between 1860 and 1887. Her Italian features inspired many painters in...

Yasmin Ozkan 1 September 2020

Women Artists

Gerda Wegener: Art Deco Feminist

Today Gerda Wegener is best known for her lesbian and feminist art. She was also married to a trans woman, the landscape artist Lili Elbe. Their...

Kelly Hill 28 August 2020

Design

Arts and Crafts’ Principles in Interior Design: The Original Minimalists

Perhaps you have noticed a trend in recent years: the return to simpler things. People seem to crave a return to simpler times, to homesteading,...

Ledys Chemin 26 August 2020

Women Artists

Artist Interview: Anita Yan Wong and Lingnan Painting

Lingnan style guo hua is an early 19th century style of Chinese painting, from Lingnan in the Southern region of China. Its origins are a...

Isla Phillips 19 August 2020

Women Artists

Olga Boznanska: An Uneasy Story of a Polish Painter

Olga Boznanska is one of the most famous female Polish Post-Impressionists. Her multiple portraits of fragile women and children are permeated with...

Magda Michalska 18 August 2020

Artist Stories

Beyond Madame X: Portraits by John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent is one of art history’s most famous portrait painters. He was born in Italy to American parents and received his formal...

Alexandra Kiely 11 August 2020

Love Story

Lise Tréhot. The Mysterious Beauty from Renoir’s Paintings

Born into a humble French family, Lise Tréhot (1848–1922) was an artist's model who posed exclusively for Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919).

Anuradha Sroha 2 August 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Józef Simmler, The Death of Barbara Radziwiłł

The National Museum in Warsaw is one of the largest museums in Poland and boasts an extensive art collection. Among its body of works is The Death of...

James W Singer 2 August 2020

Artist Stories

Vive la Belle Époque! Giovanni Boldini & Franca Florio

The history of the Belle Époque reveals many scandalous stories. Behind the elegant portraits are hidden the interesting lives of grand dames and...

Giordana Goretti 1 August 2020

WTF Art History

5 Artists Who Likely Suffered From Syphilis

Also known as the French disease or great pox, syphilis was a common sexually transmitted disease in Europe in the 1800s. In fact, 10-15% of...

Kelly Hill 31 July 2020

Impressionism

Louisine Havemeyer and Her Modern Art Collection

A great, pioneering art collector, Louisine Havemeyer (1855-1929), was the first American to patronize the French Impressionists. Together with her...

Alexandra Kiely 28 July 2020